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“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Loud and proud. The words burst out of my mouth one day. I was confessing to a friend the struggle I face daily. I am certain I am not alone in this. My flesh, my humanness, my sin nature, is LOUD and PROUD. My flesh pridefully believes I should get my way and do what I want and make decisions and live my life according to what I feel and what I think will satisfy my self-centered desires. How can I possibly be a…

   “Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.” Ecc. 7:9 ESV    “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;” James 1:10 ESV    “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.” Col. 3:8    Let me tell you why I’m angry, okay? I have every reason to be angry! My anger is justified! Anyone in my position would be angry! I deserve to be! If you knew what I’m going through, you would be angry too! See what that person did to me? That’s criminal! And that other person? Yeah, not criminal, but totally wrong! Inconsiderate! Nasty! Selfish!…

    “Thou shalt fear the LORD thy God; him shalt thou serve, and to him shalt thou cleave, and swear by his name.” Deut. 10:20   “As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Tim. 4:5    “And say to Archippus, “See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord.”” Col. 4:17     When the Lord speaks in His Word about fulfilling one’s ministry, He is not just speaking of people like me who are devoted full-time to the Lord and so-called ministry work as I am as an evangelist and writer. Nor is He speaking just of those in what some call the five-fold offices of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, or teacher. Nor is He…

“Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.” One day many years ago I stood on a large map and figured my feet would land wherever I was supposed to go next in life. It didn’t need to be a new geographical location. It just needed to be somewhere other than where I was. Totally messed up. Broken. Lost. No sense of direction. Or purpose. No sense of where I was headed. I couldn’t stand being where I was. I was looking for new land. I found it, you know. Plenty of new land. I spent the ensuing years in all different places. Geographically and otherwise.…

““…You shall not have one allotment only, but the hill country shall be yours, for though it is a forest, you shall clear it and possess it to its farthest borders. For you shall drive out the Canaanites, though they have chariots of iron, and though they are strong.”” Josh. 17:17-18 Whew. Sigh. You’ve finally arrived after what seems like an incredibly long journey at the destination where you believe God wants you. Perhaps a new relationship. New job. New location. New opportunity. New house. New career. Finally free from an addiction. Finally healed from a sickness. In school. Finally ready. You’ve arrived. Now you can finally rest. Relax. Unwind. Enjoy the blessings God has set before you. Enjoy your new destination. You’ve arrived at a new land. The…

““…You shall not have one allotment only, but the hill country shall be yours, for though it is a forest, you shall clear it and possess it to its farthest borders. For you shall drive out the Canaanites, though they have chariots of iron, and though they are strong.”” Josh. 17:17-18 Whew. Sigh. You’ve finally arrived after what seems like an incredibly long journey at the destination where you believe God wants you. Perhaps a new relationship. New job. New location. New opportunity. New house. New career. Finally free from an addiction. Finally healed from a sickness. In school. Finally ready. You’ve arrived. Now you can finally rest. Relax. Unwind. Enjoy the blessings God has set before you. Enjoy your new destination. You’ve arrived at a new land. The…

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.” John 4:23 ESV I woke up excited. Elated. Joyful. Ebullient. Exuberant. Wow. Uncontainable love and passion. Oh, what a dream I had! No microphone. No rehearsal. No set plan. No agenda. No preacher in a suit. No choir with the songs memorized. No disco lights. No high tech speakers. Nobody at the front of the room. Not all the congregants facing the front. There wasn’t even a room. Or building. Or church. We were outside. A mass of people. Don’t know how big. Numbers didn’t matter. Nothing around us did. I was somewhere in the crowd. Suddenly my voice…

Need  a LIFE Makeover?  “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Phil. 1:6 “You’ve changed so much!” people started telling me. I knew it was true. I could see the difference in myself. I could feel the difference. In a sense I felt like I was looking in the mirror and seeing a brand new person. A different person, really. Sure, lots of gray hair had come in. Big circles had formed permanently under my eyes. Wrinkles had come. Some anyway. My aging body made itself clearly known. But this wasn’t what people were referring to. They, and I, could see the difference in my countenance, my demeanor, my words, my reactions…

“And when the soles of the feet of the priests bearing the ark of the Lord, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off from flowing, and the waters coming down from above shall stand in one heap.” Joshua 3:13 ESV Some of us when we see a river of challenges separating us and where we are now in our lives from where God wants to take us next in His will for our lives see the river and make it abundantly clear we have no intention of crossing over to the other side where God wants to lead us. We figure if we’re going to where God wants to lead us, we’ll wait…

   “…now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you…There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant…

“Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.” Psalm 85:13 A day after I wrote about the light of Christ and following Him as the light of the world and sharing His light with others, God’s Spirit pointed out that in order to see the light ahead, we need to keep walking. If you are walking down the street in the dark and there is light right where you are walking, can you see the light 5 miles ahead of you? 10 miles ahead of you? Of course not. But isn’t this what some of us expect as we journey through our lives? That we don’t have to move forward in our lives until we see the light way ahead? This is…

“And whether they hear or refuse to hear (for they are a rebellious house) they will know that a prophet has been among them.” Ezekiel 2:5 The Lord commissioned me within a few weeks of doing something hard. To confront a beloved long-time friend, a woman to whom I had been ministering, and a long-time loved one with something He wanted them to see and do. That they needed to repent of various sins, to turn away from them, and to make the necessary changes that would bring them into obedience to Him and His ways. I wish I could say I wasn’t afraid confronting them. I was. Or that I wasn’t afraid after. I was. I, too, had to repent. God commands us to fear Him not man.…

   “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105    “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12 Praying. Praying. I was praying my heart out. And walking. Fast. Fast praying. Big praying. Passionately praying. Walking, walking, walking. My English coonhound Esther, yet to be adopted, was trying to keep up with me. Suddenly the Holy Spirit told me to stop praying. “Look down,” the Holy Spirit said to me. I looked down. Kept walking. “What do you see?” As best I can recall, this is what ensued. “The road,” I said. “What else do you see?” He said. “Gravel,” I replied. “What else?” “Stones.”…

    “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:5    “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16    “For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:” Ephesians 5:8      I used to stand at my bedroom window as a child and belt out Debby Boone’s song, “You Light…

I Don’t Want to Do This “…And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20 “I don’t want to do this,” I essentially told two different friends one day. I made myself loud and clear. “I don’t want to move to that location. I don’t want to live in that town. I don’t want to have that kind of property. I don’t want to own my current property though I’m so thankful for it. I don’t want to have or move with this many dogs. I want to adopt two of them out. These are the two.” I sounded like I was at a drive-through fast-food restaurant ordering what I wanted…

Hi everyone! PRAYER REQUEST & UPDATE: I have been back in South Carolina two months since the big hurricane evacuation and am well immersed in my season of rest and preparation into which the Lord has called me. He has abundantly and graciously restored my health which I greatly compromised through the years with an exhaustive and very much flesh-driven lifestyle and convicted me and delivered me into a new lifestyle of seeking His face and being in His presence and being sensitive to His Spirit and following His leading and being in His Word and loving and worshiping and obeying Him like never before! He is teaching me to rest in Him and preparing me by His Spirit through His Word by refining me and conforming me to my…

Does this Describe You? “Then Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell down before the LORD, worshiping the LORD.” 2 Chronicles 20:18     Know when King Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah praised and worshiped God? BEFORE their battle. DURING their battle. AFTER the victory God gave them in their battle. Convicting for you as it is for me? Do we worship God only in church if we even go to church? Or praise Him only after He gives us something we want? Thank Him only because we feel obligated if we thank Him at all? Celebrate thanksgiving only once yearly? Or acknowledge God only when we need something? Worship God only after a victory? Praise Him only…

   “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11 ESV    “If any man speaketh, speaking as it were oracles of God; if any man ministereth, ministering as of the strength which God supplieth: that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, whose is the glory and the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11 KJV The world teaches we need the ability and strength to do stuff, doesn’t it? Usually we think of this in the context of our everyday…

“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.” 1 Peter 4:1-2 Some people when they suffer a great loss or experience a season of depression or have had an extra tough life declare that they have nothing to live for. Other people declare they have much to live for. Some even say they have everything to live for. I have walked in the shoes of all three. Feeling for years due to personal challenges I had nothing to live for. At other times,…

   “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed.” Mk. 1:35 “Thanks for the inspiration but you need to go to bed it’s 3am,” a friend wrote me in the middle of the night after he read the devotional I had just written and posted. He was teasing, of course. After all, how could he give me a hard time for being awake and writing in the middle of the night when he was awake at the very same time? He isn’t just any friend, mind you. He’s one of the pastors at the church I attend. And he’s a pastor that has encouraged me countless times to get plenty of…

   “And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD…O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.” 2 Chronicles 20:2-12     How do you handle fear? Know what Jehoshaphat the King of Judah did when he learned a mass number of people was coming against him and the people he ruled? He feared! Wouldn’t you? But what did he do with that fear? Do you handle fear the way he did? He…

   “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:15-17     Thankful. Thankfulness. Thanks. In just three verses. More precisely. “Be thankful…With thankfulness…Giving thanks.” Isn’t that a bit repetitive? A bit unnecessary? An editing mistake perhaps? A little overindulgent? A little too much? Shouldn’t we get the point the first time around? If the truth be known, I read…

   “For this cause, we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the…

“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 I was writing. Early morning. I had prayed and praised God. Worshiped Him. Planned to study His Word. To listen. But I felt compelled to write. So I started. But I wanted to go back to my original plan. Yearning for Him. For His Word. Hungry for more of Him. I could come back to the writing later. He is my highest priority, and I LOVE to begin my day in intense personal time with Him. But I had such a strong sense God wanted me to finish the piece I had started writing. But God, this isn’t my plan! His Spirit tugged at me. Pulled me. Led me. Quietly. Gently. Compellingly. He wanted me…

“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalm 34:8 Ever wanted more of something? Something you love? Something delicious? That you feel you can’t get enough of? That makes you feel good? That you feel you can’t or don’t want to live without? That you’re convinced is good for you? Or bad for you? We live in a give-me-more world. The more I want, the more I get, the more I want. Seems never ending. But more always runs out. Or, what we want more of, we can’t get more of. Discouraging, disheartening, depressing, disappointing. Once we’ve tasted something we love, how we yearn for more! What if you discovered everything you’ve always wanted more of, all put together, if…

“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14 ESV “Ask her if you can pray for her,” the Spirit of God spoke to my heart. This was not the first time this had happened to me. Nor likely the last. It doesn’t happen often, or regularly. Just sometimes. When God desires it. I call someone on the phone. A business. A customer service rep answers. A stranger. I need help. Sometimes I’m riled up. Something I think the company is doing something wrong. Some sort of problem. I’m not getting what I want. Now. How selfish I can be! Demanding! Prideful! Arrogant! I’ve had a bad habit of being unkind, rude, mean, irritable, impatient, for years. I’ve worked hard on…

    “I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.” Psalm 108:3    “Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.” Luke 12:8-9 Open wide your mouth. That’s what the doctor says to kids, right? And sometimes adults. When he wants to look inside and make sure everything’s okay in there. The dentist also. They’re prone to examining the inside of people’s mouths, aren’t they? So they say it often. Open wide your mouth! Then the examining begins. I’m not a doctor. I’m not a dentist. But I feel…

“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” 2 Cor. 10:5 My kid brother, despite years of rebellion and unruliness as a child, despite making it appear like he’d never move past an obsession with sports, girls, and brews, is today a phenomenally successful physician’s assistant at a nationally renowned orthopedic and spinal care clinic where he performs surgeries. Yes, I’m proud! He’s also had his fair share of entrepreneurial successes – going all the way back. From selling fire extinguishers door to door to shoveling driveways as a kid, he knew how to make a buck. As an adult, he’s patented an amazing medical device and invested in a ski resort…

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16     “Oh, that you brought me through a day like yesterday, Lord. Oh, the storms in my soul.” I thanked Him. I praised Him. For His mercy! I was doing my usual morning prayer walking. Walking up and back in my prayer room. Thanking God once again for His amazing mercy. Oh, such grace! He had woken me up after a day of mighty powerful storms. Winter storms. In reality, the weather in the southeast had been awful. Storms almost never happen in winter here. But we had had thunderstorm after thunderstorm. Some areas had been hit by tornados. So thankful. The worst for…

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